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Diego Arispe-Bazan presents: “Pitucos, Andinas y Otres: Everyday Race-Making in Peru” 

When: Friday, January 31, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM CT

Where: Kresge Hall, Kaplan Seminar Room 2-350, 1880 Campus Drive , Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Cindy Pingry   (847) 491-7980

Group: Andean Cultures and Histories Working Group

Category: Academic


This talk takes a linguist and semiotic anthropological approach to racial self-identification practices ofmestizos in Peru. An investigation of how second generation urbanites reflect on their racial identities reveals that class and race may not be two separate axes of experience, but entirely co-constitutive, encapsulated by the phrase “la plata blanquea” (“money whitens”). It ends with a reflection on what avenues this opens for thinking decolonization, and which it may foreclose.

Diego is a postdoctoral fellow in the Buffett Institute and received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. He is a linguistic and cultural anthropologist; his research centers on the production and circulation of history via linguistic and discursive strategies in interaction.

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